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Elegant Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden Wedding

Raise your hands if a seriously fun dance party meets a totally romantic garden affair is totally your thing.  Because this, my friends, is just such a wedding.  One that is chock-full of gorgeous blooms from Petals Couture, glam details and a duo as sweet as can be. Fall in love right here with the gallery captured by Becca Lea, then soak in the beautiful film from Cinema Weddings below.  

From the beautiful Bride… March 14, 2015 was an absolutely beautiful, blissful blur of a day! I married my sweetheart, my best friend, on a slightly cooler spring day. Although it may have been overcast, nothing could have dampened our spirits! After a fun day getting ready with our BIG wedding parties (and much awaited anticipation), Marc and I met down in a dreamy sunken garden for our first look. It was truly magical! From the moment I locked eyes with my love, nothing else mattered. All nerves went out the window, and the only thing I could think about was how excited I was to marry this man!

I walked down the aisle, arm in arm with my daddy, to see 200 smiling faces of our closest family and friends. But it was the smiling face at the end of the aisle that made my heart leap. We had a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony officiated by Marc’s brother in a picturesque garden. After we said “I Do” (and kissed a few hundred more times) we were off to celebrate! Our reception was the biggest, best dance party you could imagine! It was filled with great food, great design, and even better company. At the end of the night, when everyone lined up around the corner to send us off with rose petals and well wishes, we had our private last dance. That moment struck a cord in our hearts. We danced to our favorite slow song, reflected on the night, and had a moment of pure bliss to ourselves under the stars and twinkling café lights. I couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect wedding day!

My style inspiration was classic, romantic, and organic. My hair was down and draped over one shoulder, how I usually wear it, and my makeup was natural. I chose a simple, yet stunning lace Kelsey Genna wedding gown. The custom top featured romantic draped lace sleeves – my favorite part of the dress! For the ceremony, I wore the gorgeous Opaline Sash by Ranna Gill for BHLDN, Petite Crystal Drops by Kenneth Jay Lane for BHDLN, Lianna Mesh/Satin Embellished Booties by Badgley Mischka, and the romantic Sky Mist Veil by Debra Moreland for BHLDN. For the reception, I switched it up by exchanging the belt for the gorgeous Twigs & Honey Baby’s Breath Crystal Hair Vine for BHDLN.

We chose the breathtaking Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as our ceremony and reception venue, which reflected our organic, al fresco style. All in all, we could not have had the wedding of our dreams if it wasn’t for all of our amazing vendors. Not only are they some of the best in the industry, but they became my best friends, too. I absolutely love them all, and we are so thankful for all of their hard work and incredible talent! It made our wedding a true fairytale!

Photography: Becca Lea | Videography: Cinema Weddings | Floral Design: Petals Couture | Wedding Dress: Kelsey Genna | Cake: Unrefined Bakery | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Gil's Elegant Catering | Hair And Makeup: Savannah King | Bride's Belt: BHLDN | Bride's Headpiece: Twigs And Honey | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dallas Arboretum | Event Styling & Design: Unique Unique Design | Veil: BHLDN

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Dallas Spring Garden Elopement

To me, this celebration is the ultimate “big wedding vs. elopement” compromise. With just four months to plan, the bride and groom opted for a sweet, simple, nearest-and-dearest-only morning “I do” at the charming Dallas Arboretum with Tracy Enoch on hand to capture. The Southern Table provided the loose, organic bouquets of the bride’s wedding dreams, and as for the full gallery of pretty? We’re only just getting started.

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From The Bride…Jason and I met in June of 2008 while working together in Dallas, TX. I was home from college and took a summer job at the store where Jason was employed. I was immediately infatuated with him. He’s the most charming, hilarious, and lovable person I’ve ever known. A couple years later, I graduated, and we finally started dating! A little over 3 and a half years of dating later, Jason proposed on Christmas Eve 2014. We had been talking about marriage for over a year, but I was still completely surprised!

As soon as the whirlwind of engagement died down a little, I was overwhelmed by the idea of planning our wedding. We highly considered a destination elopement, but we finally determined that Dallas was the city that brought us together and we couldn’t imagine exchanging vows anywhere else. We still wanted the intimate feeling of an elopement, so when I found The Poetry Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, I knew it was the perfect venue for our ceremony.

A little less than 4 months after our engagement, on April 17, 2015, Jason and I were married! The flowers were in full bloom and the weather was especially gorgeous. We didn’t see each other the day before the wedding, but we chose to do a first look in order to calm some nerves and have a moment alone before the big event. At the first look, we exchanged cards, and I gifted Jason his grandfather’s watch. His grandfather passed away last year, and I knew that Jason would appreciate having a reminder of him at our wedding.

Jason’s uncle officiated our Friday morning ceremony as our eleven guests watched on. A string-duo serenaded us in the secret garden while my dad walked me down the aisle. Jason and I shed a few tears of joy as we exchanged our vows- It was the first time I’d ever seen him cry! I’ll never forget that moment. After our ceremony we all celebrated with mimosas, brunch, and our favorite strawberries ’n cream cake.

After we got engaged, Jason assured me that his only request was for me to have the wedding of my dreams. My vision for the wedding was elegant, organic, romance. Due to our short timeline and minimal budget, I decided to DIY our wedding invitations. With a background in art, I chose to watercolor our wedding stationary. I wanted to allude to the garden setting without being too feminine. I tore the paper edges for an organic touch and lined the envelopes with a subtle metallic paper. I addressed our envelopes using watercolor paint and a brush. Finally, vintage stamps completed the look I was going for.

My 3 bridesmaids wore long, flowing, neutral-toned dresses and carried beautiful organic bouquets in a subtle blush ombre. I wore a modern (rented!) Nha Khanh gown with flat embellished sandals and my mom’s diamond earrings. Delicate ribbon cascaded down from my luxurious bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses. Our amazing florist, Maxine Owens of The Southern Table, completely mastered my floral vision. I swear everything she touches is magic!

Photography was of upmost importance to me since I work in the photo industry as a fashion art director. When I met Tracy Enoch, I knew she was the perfect fit for us. Tracy shoots primarily film photography, and I’m so in love with the natural light and nostalgic feel she was able to capture in our images. Best of all, her personality is just as lovely as her art!

Our wedding was even better than we could have imagined. We feel so blessed that it went off without a hitch, and we are so glad it didn’t rain as the weather report predicted! We are thankful for all of our family, friends, and vendors who made it so perfect. It was an unforgettable day.

Photography: Tracy Enoch | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Wedding Dress: Nha Khanh | Cakes: Breadwinners Inwood Village | Ceremony: The Dallas Arboretum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Hair And Makeup: Q The MUA | Ceremony Music: European Ensemble Strings | Brunch Reception: Breadwinners Inwood Village | Cake Topper: BHLDN | Envelope Liner Paper: Paper Source | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Vintage Stamps: VerdeStudio

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SMP Blogger Bride: A Dash of Details’ Gets in Shape for Her Big Day

Hi Brides! It’s Ali from A Dash of Details here again to talk about something every Bride thinks about: working out. Every Bride wants to feel their best on the inside and out on their Big Day, so I am here to share a few tips on how I am getting in shape for my own wedding! But let’s be honest, it is much easier to get motivated with friends by your side.

If you are anything like me, I get so bored doing the same workout day after day. I love to workout – especially take classes – but I always have a hard time committing to just one studio. My friend Natalie started Studio Hop for just this reason. With her help to keep me motivated, these weeks leading up to the wedding we headed to three different studios for a good sweat and a lot of fun.

I found that pilates has been a great workout for my body. It is low impact, strengthens your core, elongates your muscles and helps you tone in all of the right places. It doesn’t hurt that Pilates Methodology is located in the most darling renovated old house.

The next day, Natalie and I headed to City Surf Fitness. Any workout that has you laughing and sweating at the same time is a win in my book. Just imagine great music, high cardio and balancing on a surf board. It is definitely a recipe for a great workout.

We needed a day to rest after City Surf, so Natalie and I decided we would try two workout classes at Burn Cardio. Boy, we sure got a great workout thanks to an amazing instructor. Spin and Yoga are a great combination of workouts. We first started with a high intensity spin class with great jams, strobe lights and cardio off the bike, and then headed into their yoga studio for some strength and stretching. This studio really has it all! 

We had such a fun week with our girlfriends, and the three different workouts allowed me to feel like I got a full body workout. I am starting to feel great on the inside and out! Also, cute workout clothes always help!

Staying motivated each week can be tough, especially when you are busy planning your wedding. Just remember that working out is a great stress reliever (even if it is just 20 minutes a day) and it always helps to have a partner to hold you accountable. It is also a great distraction from my busy day and a little friendly competition is always fun!

Good luck getting in shape! Remember, it’s a must to feel great on the inside so you will shine on your Big Day! I know you can do it!

Photography: Kristen Dee Photography | Ali's Outfits: Lululemon | Blog: A Dash Of Details | Cardio Studio- Plano, Texas: Burn Cardio | Pilates Studio- Uptown Dallas: Pilates Methodology | Surf Studio- Uptown Dallas: City Surf Fitness | Workout Membership: Studio Hop Fitness

Ali Bronska

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Dinosaur Valley State Park Engagement Session

I get a bit giddy when I see the name Feather & Twine in my inbox. It means a sweet couple, gorgeous location and breathtaking imagery is about to be delivered my way. Case in point: this beautiful duo and their Dinosaur Valley State Park engagement session. Can you even handle the perfect glow-y sun in this shot?! Stay tuned for their wedding up on the docket tomorrow!

From the beautiful Bride… Jason proposed on Christmas Eve, and we began the whirlwind of planning our wedding at the start of the new year. As a lover of natural light, I immediately knew that I wanted to take our engagements outside, but we knew that could be a challenge during the late winter and early summer due to the fickle North Texas weather. After rescheduling on three separate occasions due to ice and rain in Dallas, we finally had perfect weather for our shoot! Our photographer, Kelsey, had suggested Dinosaur Valley State Park for the variety of settings, and I’m so happy she did! She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, and I love how she was able to capture such sweet, intimate moments that truly reflect our relationship.

Photography: Feather & Twine | Cream Dress: Nordstrom | Embroidered Tunic: Dillard's | Floral Dress: Anthropologie | Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park | Sportcoat: Ted Baker

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Romantic Emerald Green Wedding Inspiration

We’re falling so hard for this emerald green and gold wedding inspiration shoot! Set against sprawling oak trees and stone archways, it’s a mesmerizing play of vibrant velvets and silks, gilded silverware and lush greenery captured by Rachel Whyte Photography that will steal your heart like it did ours. Don’t miss all the pretty details right here!

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From Rachel Whyte PhotographyA rainy day was never in the game plan for this romantic inspiration shoot. But when it rains, it pours and the fresh smell of rain brings along promise, growth and hopes for the future—perfect for the new venue, La Rio Mansion. From the sprawling oaks and stone archways to the secret garden and endless fields, the gorgeous venue leaves nothing to be desired even in a storm. Something about the rain is enchantingly romantic and we could not have been more in love with outcome.

Despite the weather and the recent cold, the grass was a fresh green which paired well with the dark colors we selected for the shoot. Charcoal, emerald and navy elements with gold accents gave way to a timeless feel. Marquee Rentals provided beautiful silk linens, natural bistro chairs and a wealthy collection of gold-rimmed glassware and gilded silverware. Details like our exquisite emerald velvet sofa were delivered by Swoon Rentals+Design. Lovely Leaves choose a white mix of large Alabaster garden roses, Veronica, dahlias, agapanthus, astrantia and lush greenery—a fresh selection for spring.

Lily’s Cakes designed a classic cake, clean fondant with ribbon and fresh flowers, which we set atop a table accented with a beautiful floral garland near the vintage fountain at the venue. The skilled handwritten gold calligraphy by Wondrous Whimsy was splendid—precisely what we had envisioned. The emerald cut diamond ring would be kept safe for generations inside a grey French velvet Mrs. Box—one of our favorite things.

The Allure ball gown Emily wore from Georgio’s Bridal was breathtaking against the rich fields, stone arches and Spanish tiles. Well-heeled to say the least: The shimmery silvery-grey pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos added a bit of excitement in with all of our formalities. Kimberly Cutler Professional Make-Up Artist and stylist Victoria Taylor make a fabulous beauty duo—they captured the exact romantic look we were wanting with Em’s hair and make-up. Jacob, Emily’s long-time (future fiancé), wore a tailored navy suit also from Georgio’s. 

Photography: Rachel Whyte | Event Design: VIVID Events | Floral Design: Lovely Leaves | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cakes: Lily's Cakes | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Kimberly Cutler Professional Make-up | Hair: Victoria Taylor | Calligraphy: Wondrous Whimsy | Venue: La Rio Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Georgio's Bridal | Rentals: Swoon Rentals + Design | Rentals: Marquee Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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